Longwood Seminars

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Welcome to the Longwood Seminars at Harvard Medical School!

Thank you for your interest in the Mini-Med School program.

Watch this year's Seminars online!

The 2017 Longwood Seminars will be live streamed here.

To view past seminars, follow the links below or visit our video archive page.

Registration is now closed

To be added to our waiting list, please email: longwood_seminars@hms.harvard.edu or call (617) 432-3038.

Do you need a sign language interpreter at any of the seminars or have any questions about the 2017 seminars or certificates of completion? Please email: longwood_seminars@hms.harvard.edu

2017 Seminars:

Resistance movement: Drugs, bugs and the fight against über-germs

March 28, 2017
6:00-7:30 p.m. ET

With many bacteria becoming impervious to drugs, new approaches are needed to combat the rise of antibiotic resistance. In this seminar, Harvard scientists and clinicians will discuss the history of drug resistance, how bacteria become able to shrug off the medications we use to treat disease, and ways to address the crisis.

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Bill Hanage, MD

James Kirby, MD

Michael Gilmore, PhD

Maha Reda Farhat, MD

Turning Fear into Power: Understanding and managing anxiety

April 11, 2017
6:00-7:30 p.m. ET

Fear is one of the most important survival mechanisms in all species. But for the millions of Americans living with anxiety disorders, this healthy defense system has a dark side. In this seminar, Harvard Medical School scientists will explore the roots and origins of anxiety and how it can be managed.

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Isabelle M. Rosso, PhD

Greg Fricchione, MD

Courtney Beard, PhD

From the wings to center stage: How inflammation triggers a multitude of diseases

April 18, 2017
6:00-7:30 p.m. ET

Inflammation is one of the body’s first lines of defense against disease. But there is growing evidence that chronic or acute inflammation can fuel the development of a range of chronic ailments, including autoimmune diseases, neurodegenerative conditions, heart and metabolic diseases and more.  In this seminar, Harvard Medical School researchers and clinicians explore the connection between inflammation and chronic diseases, and what can be done to reduce the risks.

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Diane Mathis, PhD

Filip Swirski, PhD

Beth Stevens, PhD

Steve Shoelson, PhD

An answer to cancer? Using the immune system to fight cancer

6:00-7:30 p.m. ET

Oncologists are turning to a novel form of therapy to combat cancer: retraining or reengineering the immune system to quash tumor growth. In this seminar, you will hear from Harvard Medical School scientists and clinicians on the latest approaches that use the body’s own defenses to fight cancer.

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Arlene Sharpe, MD, PhD

Catherine J. Wu, MD

Jerome Ritz, MD

David F. McDermott, MD

All seminars take place at:

Harvard Medical School
The Joseph B. Martin Conference Center
The New Research Building
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur
Boston, MA 02115

Harvard Medical School is a short walk from the Longwood stops on both the Green D and E lines and the #39 bus. Parking is available at public garages in the Longwood Medical area.
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